I discovered a pretty great new combo from Australia, and as many of your readers know that now I'm a fucking freak of the Aussy sound. So, eventually the band send me their demo-CD and I got into it. It's a kind of mix between 80's Thrash scene with Gospel Of The Horns and Atomizer. Thence, now you've an idea of the quality stuff that ASSAULTER might offer you with their second demo-CD "Omnipotent", read on Berserker's answers…Thrash will never die !
dude, what's up today ? What's the news from the band ?
Hoi hoi Eric. At the moment we’re spreading the "Omnipotent" demo ‘round like a curse, and it seems that some have been cursed. We’re working on new stuff, three songs of which will be released as a 7EP through Iron Bonehead Prod. in Berlin. And as ever, trying to get other people to join us.
Let's start the interview with a short
biography, give us details how the band was created and what's the background
of members ?
Were the members involved in other
bands previously ? I saw that Berserker was part of Deströyer 666,
how does it happen ?
ASSAULTER is the perfect band name
for a Thrash Metal combo, it fucking smells like old school Thrash from
the 80's, I guess that's the reason you chose such a word ? Furthermore
I found the shark drawing very eighties too, you know when Jaws movies
was out and so on… Did you experience any shark meeting in the ocean
by the way ?
seeking for information about your band I saw there was another Assaulter
band from France that that started as a punk band back in the 80's. Were
you aware of that combo and have you listened to their materials ? Nah,
never heard them, but I know of them – thrashy stuff I think ? (according
to their info yeap it's a Thrash band but I've never heard of them before-ed)
Could you speak a bit about your previous
3 track demo "Proselytiser" ? How was it recorded and how does
it sound ? Is it good material to bang head and what is the meaning of
the cover ?
According to me you definitely released
something of quality with "Omnipotent" demo CD combining some
of the Aussy Black/Death Metal scene from Gospel Of The Horns, Atomizer
with the 80s Thrash Metal ideas but what is your regard now of "Omnipotent"
demo CD ? How does it come you didn't release it on tape format ? Do you
think that tapes are dead and buried now ?
you to explain a bit the content of your lyrics. I feel like that you're
very concerned with strong lyrics according to title songs such as "The
Great Subterfuge" or even "Proselytiser"…
guess you're fan of old school 80's Thrash Metal like me. What I particularly
like in this scene is that you discover every now and then "new"
releases from the 80's from completely forgotten band in Metal market (i.e.
"Hexx, Blood Feast, Headhunter, Seducer, Indestroy…). Is that
the same for you and what are the latest jewels from that scene you bought
Er, kind of. I’m quite picky with my music, even though Thrash is my favourite ‘style’ so if I do pick up an LP and give it a spin and it doesn’t do much for me, then I’ll fuck it off – but I get what you’re saying. I guess the last LPs I got from that era was ‘Spectrum of Death’ by Morbid Saint about 2 years ago, and 2 Aria LPs about 8 months ago. Lately I’ve just been getting the latest stuff by Celtic Frost, Blind Guardian, Nifelheim etc. as well as listening to shit like Turbonegro and Dropkick Murphys.
that has really nothing to do with Metal, but I feel like Australian people
are very protective with nature and their wild animals. You have such
fucking funny and cute animals over there such as Devils of Tasmania from
Tasmania, kangaroos, crocodiles and so on. Is there right and how do you
see you continent ? By the way, is there any aborigines in brush these
Metal scene of these days is way inferior to the Australian one when it
comes to crushing Black/Death Metal, so I'd like to know your point of view
on our scene and are there any bands that impressed you here
Well, the last band I heard that I liked from France was Arkhon Infaustus, but that was a while ago, haven’t heard them since, I think "Hell Injection".
France had an excellent Heavy Metal scene back in the early 80's with
bands such as Sortilege, H-Bomb, Satan Jokers and so on, were you into
these releases and how did you see these bands back then ? Did you like
their way of singing in French ?
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Death were supposed to record a new album on Modern Invasion Records but
I feel like nothing will ever happen, did you get some information about
that future release ?
You know as much as me, and we probably know as much as the band themselves. Hopefully something eventuates.
I guess that you sent your demo to
many labels, how is the fed back up to now and is there a label interested
to sign you for a full-length record ? What would be your dream with ASSAULTER
|What's the future plan with
ASSAULTER ? Have you written new tunes for a full-length ? By the way is
there any hope to see you playing live as you're a two members band ?
Aye, we’ll play live, but as a 4 piece. Just have to get the heads together, and where we live is as un-Metal as it gets, so………….
you a vinyl freaks ? If so, when did you discover that the vinyl format
was THE Metal way of listening to this music and what are your jewels you
could kill to save them ?
Freak? No, I’ll buy either format, but I do prefer vinyl. But you only get the better sound quality from the old analogue LPs, so any newer shit is more force of habit for me.
When I was young, you could really only buy tape or LP, and CDs, if available, weren’t comparatively cheap, so I didn’t buy CDs for a while. Also, when CDs eventually kicked in people would sell off there LPs. So, as a student, with hardly any cash, I’d hunt through Sydney and pick up LPs for about $3 each. So, that’s why I’d do it – the economical option. I would kill to save any of them, but especially ones that aren’t easy to replace, like "The Magus" or "Total Armageddon" or "De Mysteriis…" or "Ritual" or "Nifelheim" or "Unchain The Wolves"…. You get the picture.
Thanks a lot for your answers, close
this interview giving us the merchandising available for ASSAULTER's fans…
Franang zine 04/02/07